Spain’s former king Juan Carlos actually wanted to return to his old homeland in mid-June. But after his first visit, the royal family advised against it, according to the media.

Spain’s controversial former king Juan Carlos will not be paying a new visit to his homeland in June, according to a close friend.

The 84-year-old canceled the planned trip for “private reasons”, friend Pedro Campos was quoted as saying by the newspaper “El País” on Tuesday. On his first home visit in almost two years, King Felipe VI’s father, who lives in exile in Abu Dhabi, was A good two weeks ago, I stayed four of the five days in the port of Sanxenxo in the north-west of the country and stayed there in the house of the wealthy entrepreneur Campos.

On the fringes of Juan Carlos’ visit, it was initially said that the Bourbone would travel back to Spain around June 10 to take part in an international regatta in Sanxenxo with his racing boat “Bribón”. Meanwhile, “El País” emphasized that there were reasons to believe that the royal family and the government of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez Juan Carlos had advised against the new home visit.

The first visit caused “discomfort”, writes the renowned newspaper and refers to the media hype. Juan Carlos also appeared immodest. The ex-monarch, who flew in an expensive private jet, was also sharply criticized by the government: he “missed the opportunity” to “ask for forgiveness” from the citizens and to “explain the actions of the past few years, which were neither ethical nor exemplary”. complained government spokeswoman Isabel Rodríguez.

The former king, who was head of state in Spain for almost 40 years, left his home country on August 4, 2020, initially with an unknown destination. He later showed up in Abu Dhabi. At the beginning of March, after all criminal investigations into financial irregularities had been dropped, he announced that he wanted to stay in exile for the time being, but would sporadically visit his homeland.